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the Bach-man

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« on: April 23, 2018, 04:13:47 PM »

Dear All,
Our hobby lost a giant today with the passing of Lewis Polk this morning.
He was president of AristoCraft Trains and a member of the Hall of Fame.
Always a great gentleman, he was a friend to us all.
He was 78.
RIP Mr. Polk!
the Bach-man
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Woody Elmore

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 10:59:56 AM »

I am sorry to hear about Lewis Polk- I hear he was a big influence on the hobby

One of my great treats when I was in high school was to take a bus down Fifth Avenue to 32nd street where the Polk's store was located. It was about four stories tall (if I recall) and each floor was a different hobby. There were boats, flying models and plastic kits to assemble. The third floor was trains. I remember they had HO engines on display that were made by Aristocraft. It was a line they imported and I think they may have been made in Italy.  Those die-cast engines today would be laughable but at the time they were a sign of progress. They also had brass models from International and one offering was nicely done Wabash mogul. I had one years ago but stupidly traded it away.

The City had a library off of Fifth Avenue. I was part of a team researching the stock market crash as a senior project. There was no internet then so research meant digging through books. I have to admit that I let the team down because I spent about five minutes in the library, hopped a bus, and went to Polks.
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